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LEGGETT, TEXAS

Polk County, East Texas

Highway 59 and FM 942
8 Miles NE of Livingston
About 85 Miles N of Houston
Population: 500 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as Red Horse, after a sign advertising the enterprises of James Freeman. Freeman operated a saloon, cotton gin, and store. It may have been considered a one-horse town, but in this case, the horse was red.

Red Horse, Texas may not have passed the scrutiny of postal authorities, so when the time came (1882) to apply for a post office, the name Leggett was submitted. The change was meant to honor early settler Raplh Leggett. Even James Freeman endorsed the change of name.

In 1889 a saw mill was built, but after three years in the hands of others, it was purchased by Mr. Freeman.

The town became a stop on the railroad, but a good portion of the community burned in 1897 - including Freeman's sawmill.

Some early (1915) oil drilling revealed natural gas deposits but not enough to turn the community into a boom town. Population figures aren't available for earlier years but in 1984 it was given as 375. The 2000 census counted 500 residents.
Leggett, Texas Area Towns:
Livingston
Houston
Lufkin
Nacogdoches
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